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The essentials for being an expat

Once again, thank you to Transitions Abroad for choosing my story, “3 Essentials You Need to Be an Expat,” as the second-place winning article for their expatriate writing contest.


This is the fourth year now that one of my articles has been chosen as a winner in this contest. You can check out all the 2018 winners here.

It’s easy to take a vacation in a fun and beautiful country like Mexico and decide you want to move there. It’s a lot harder once you’re faced with the practicalities of moving abroad.

In other articles, I’ve described the specific things you must do to move to Mexico. This new article, however, is more about what to expect in another country, not only Mexico, and how to prepare yourself. I also discuss the personality types that are best suited to living abroad. And money, of course.

Please click the link for the article, and thanks again to Transitions Abroad for being such a great supporter of my writing over the years.

With so many places to visit in Mexico, where should you go?

During my eight years living in Mexico, I’ve done a lot of traveling: to all kinds of beaches, up mountains and volcanos, to jungles in the north and south, to deserts full of cacti and Joshua trees, to tranquil small towns where Spanish is a second language, and all around the madness of Mexico City.


I describe five of my favorite places in my newest article for Transitions Abroad: 5 Routes and Regions for an Authentic Mexican Visit.

Sure, I love the beauty and convenience of popular tourist spots like Los Cabos and the Mayan Riviera. I’d recommend them to anyone. But if you’ve already been there, or are looking for something a little different (and cheaper), then check out the places in the article.

Sure, some of them, like the hippy hangouts and expat communities of Oaxaca, are firmly on the beaten path. But you’ll still find a more authentic and adventurous experience there, instead of staying in a fancy resort with all your bland tacos and watered-down drinks included.

Please click the link for the article, and as always I welcome any comments or questions.


The Day of the Dead in Mexico: What’s it all about?

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In Mexico, a country full of color, tradition and flavor, the Day of the Dead stands out as especially colorful, traditional and flavorful. Rooted in Pre-Hispanic practice and caught up in the trick-or-treat influence of Halloween, the holiday is a chance to honor deceased relatives with an altar in the home, dress up as an elegant skeleton, and sample the best of Mexico’s artesanal candy.

The Day of the Dead takes place on November 2, but it’s celebrated several days or even several weeks before, especially when there’s a long weekend like this year. While it’s one of the most public holidays in Mexico, in many ways it’s also the most personal. Besides costumes and outdoor events (more on those below), perhaps the most interesting part of the holiday is that people visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried.

They clean it up, adorn it with flowers, and even may spend…

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